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Reports say Tibetan refugees shot dead by Chinese guards

Reports say Tibetan refugees shot dead by Chinese guards

A Tibetan exile group said yesterday that Chinese border guards opened fire on dozens of refugees, killing two and wounding several more as they tried to sneak into Nepal from Tibet over the weekend.
The Tibetan refugees were crossing the Nangpa La pass, near Mount Everest on China's side of the border, when Chinese soldiers opened fire, said Lhundup Dorjee of the Tibet Refugee Center in Katmandu.
"Around 42 of them managed to escape and cross in to Nepal, but we don't know what happened to the rest of them," Dorjee said.
Neither Chinese nor Nepali officials were immediately available for comment on the reported shootings, which allegedly took place on September 30 at the 5,800-meter pass just west Mount Everest.
Every year, hundreds of Tibetan refugees trek for days through the mountains to escape Chinese rule in Tibet, braving high altitudes, fierce weather and Chinese border troops.
While refugees have been shot at along the border in the past, Dorjee said this was the first time in recent years that troops had killed any.
He said he had been in touch with the group of refugees involved in the latest incident, and that they had crossed into a remote part of Nepal and were still about a week away from reaching Katmandu.
Tens of thousands of Tibetans have fled Tibet since a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese forces, which occupied the Himalayan region eight years earlier.
Among them is the Dalai Lama, the Tibetans' spiritual leader and 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner, who lives in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala, where his government-in-exile is based.